Late Autumn Light

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

In the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales…

More Stories We’ll Never Know The End Of…

Life In Colour…

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

I just had to show you these beautiful photographs by Mike Alexander of the puffins on Skomer Island.  I find the colours of the birds and the ocean just mesmerising.

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

Picture Of Me In Stormy Weather Just For Elke

Photo: Ian Broadbent
Photo: Ian Broadbent

Elke’s blog http://elkement.wordpress.com/ is brilliant.  If you don’t mind having brain ache after you’ve read it but at the same time learned so much about physics, life, the universe and everything, then have a look, it’s ace.

Anyway Elke is always very appreciative of Mike A’s lovely photographs that I post of my surrounding environment but has unfortunately been given the impression that the weather is always nice here, which couldn’t be further from the truth.  Sticking out into the prevailing winds of the Atlantic as we do the weather can often be a little lively shall we say.  Trees don’t really grow too well here, so you get the idea.

Of course those of you who are photographers will know that doing justice to high winds, rain, grey and gloom in a photo is pretty difficult, and most people don’t bother trying.

In a place where there are few trees it’s even more difficult – there’s nothing to indicate the strength of the wind.  However in the interests of science I did venture out with my friend Ian and bravely stood out in unbelievably strong winds next to the only other thing that gives you some idea of the stormy conditions, the sea.  I did, however, wait for a break in the rain!

Elke, this weather wasn’t actually too bad, after all we did go out!  But I hope it gives you just a little insight and persuades you that the pretty photos I post on my blog are only part of the story 🙂

More Summer Days…

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

This is an extremely rare sight in the British countryside today, thousands upon thousands of orchids in a traditional hay meadow.  It’s not that hard to do, just lightly graze with cattle or sheep, don’t add any fertilisers or herbicides, and make hay in late summer, job done 🙂

Missing summer…

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

“Old Wooden House” Goes To #11 In The Portugal iTunes Chart

It’s always so nice when this happens.  I can remember clearly spending days writing, recording and re-recording this song with no thought other than really enjoying the creative process and wondering how it will turn out.  And then sometime later it makes it into a chart somewhere in the world.  Thank you 🙂

Oh and it’s available for download for only 0.99 $, £, E on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play etc…:)

Autumn veil

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander

Nice press acclaim

Heading West, which marks Howe’s fourth journey with Real Music, features some of his most sublime music to date.  The guitar is central on this release, featuring warm, carefree strumming that is accented by keyboards, piano and rhythm.  Songs like “Old Wooden House” and “American Travels” have a pensive beauty to them — the guitar harmonies bear a reflective essence, as if Howe is wandering through old haunts reminiscing of past joys.  “Badlands” ups the tempo a bit and adds a bit of bluesy groove, while maintaining Howe’s signature laid-back flair.  A must listen for fans of relaxing guitar music.

Dan Cowan, Music Design/New Sound

Mimic clouds

Photo: Mike Alexander
Photo: Mike Alexander